[urisa] Welcome to URISA Connect

  • From: Wendy Nelson <wnelson@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: urisa@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:17:56 -0500

   Welcome to URISA Connect

The URISA Board welcomes you to the URISA Connect Listserv, a new member
resource that adds value to your URISA membership.  You have been
subscribed to the listserv because you are a URISA member.  Only URISA
members can be subscribed to the listserv.

If you determine at some point that you don’t wish to continue your
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daily or weekly digests.  You will also have access to the Listserv
archives, which will become a valuable membership resource in its own right.

The listserv is a way for any URISA member to send an email message to all
URISA members at once.  Such a message could be used to ask a question
about how other URISA members handle a particular technical or managerial
GIS issue.  Answers should be directed to the questioner, who is asked to
compile and summarize the answers and submit back to the listserv for the
benefit of the entire membership.  In this way, the listserv can be used as
a closed discussion forum for topics and questions of general interest to
the membership that fall within the purview of our mission and objectives.

The Board might use the listserv from time to time to gauge member opinion
on issues or questions that the Board is considering.  Access to member
ideas, questions, concerns, and issues can help the Board refine the URISA
Advocacy Agenda and be more effective in advocating for issues of
importance to the membership.

There are some ground rules for using the listserv.  The Board established
a listserv policy in anticipation of bringing the listserv on line.  The
entire policy can be found at:

The policy in part says that users will:

a.      Be clear and concise;

b.      Support the goals and policies of our organization; and

c.      Be professional, courteous, and relevant to our membership.

The listserv is not for the advancement of private enterprise, where the
value of the URISA listserv and its members are leveraged for non-URISA
benefit.  The Board believes that more appropriate resources exist in other
venues to promote products for business purposes. If the use of the
listserv is abused by any member or member organization, their access to
the listserv may be restricted or revoked.

The following uses of the listserv have been approved by the Board:

a.      All URISA-related business as determined by the staff, Officers and

b.      Voluntary on-line survey requests that are directed toward URISA
and its primary public sector constituents of "states, provinces,
commonwealths, territories, protectorates, tribal affiliations, regional,
county, and municipal governments, and similarly recognized civil

c.      Job announcements and recruitment of potential employees for
organizations represented by the membership;

d.      Requests by members to obtain focused and timely information from
their peers to assist their own efforts; and

e.      The distribution of news and educational materials that is relevant
to the geospatial community.

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The URISA Board is looking forward to the discussion!

 Wendy Nelson

Executive Director - URISA

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Mark Your Calendar:

*******URISA Leadership Academy - June 11-15, 2012 - Savannah,

*******URISA/NENA Addressing Conference - August 6-9, 2012 - Memphis,
Tennessee* <http://www.urisa.org/conferences/Addressing/Info>

*******GIS-Pro 2012: URISA's 50th Annual Conference for GIS Professionals -
September 30-October 4, 2012 - Portland, Oregon* <http://www.gis-pro.org/>

*******URISA's 2012 Caribbean GIS Conference - November 12-16, 2012 -
Montego Bay, Jamaica* <http://www.urisa.org/conferences/caribbean/info>

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